Name: Ebony Laing-Asare
Location: Brampton, ON
Occupation: University student

The day I stepped on the scale and saw 295 Lbs was the day that changed my life forever. Seeing that number on the scale made me depressed, sad, emotional. I remember breaking into tears and telling myself I needed help and needed to do something not just to change my weight but to get healthy. I am only 22 years old.

Before the Fierce N’ 30 challenge I wanted to be as fit and active as I was in high school, but for some reason I did not have the motivation to stick with a healthy routine. I tried many different “lose weight quick” schemes like juicing, liquid diets, pre-packaged “lean” foods, cutting out all carbs and I could not figure out why I had such a hard time sticking with them.

Working out at the gym was boring for me because I did not know many different exercises. I always made up excuses as to why I could not make time for the gym, or why I could not eat healthy. The truth is we all make time for the things that are important to us and that is the first thing I learned while doing the Fierce N’ 30 challenge. Just joining the challenge brought my motivation from zero to 100 and soon completing it became really important to me—no matter how busy I was.

Before the challenge I had knee, ankle and back pains. High blood pressure and diabetes runs in my family. After a long, deep conversation with my cousin she recommended the Fierce N’ 30 challenge and showed me all the transformations and work that Heather has been doing with her clients. The challenge was about eating clean and fitting daily workouts in your schedule that don’t take too much time, but are, in my opinion, more effective than a two-hour long workout.

There were days when I had to push myself through the workouts because I was sore from the previous day, but when I completed the workouts on those rough days I felt so much better about myself. The feeling of conquering a workout that I thought I couldn’t do was more than enough to keep me going. Within three weeks my ankle and knee pains were gone.

Today my routine is similar to the challenge. I still cook and eat a lot of the things that I ate during then. They say it takes twenty one days to make a habit and with this challenge being a month long I defiantly made some great new habits. I make sure to work out at least three to five times a week using the workouts I learned from the challenge.

My philosophy is to just get up and do it! And take it one day at a time. If I fall down I get back up—no excuses. Now I have the tools, and I know how important it is to eat clean, train hard and recoup.

I was the queen of excuses so the greatest advice that I feel that I can give to all is to stop and to make the change for you. Do not let one bad workout or bad meal define the rest of your week. The hardest thing is to get started. My goal in the beginning of this challenge was to just complete it and I ended up being the first place winner! Heather Wilson-Philips has changed my life for the better. Thank you so much Heather for all you have done for me.

Heather Wilson-Phillips:

Cover 901 for webAs a fitness and nutrition coach, I’m always looking at ways to help and inspire not only my clients, but others too. It doesn’t take long to see results when making smart health and wellness decisions and following the right program. My Fierce N’ 30 Challenge was created based on years of trial and error with just some of the exercises and food combinations I’ve used successfully on myself and clients. This challenge is only 30 days and the majority of the workouts can be completed in less than 30 mins. The beauty of this program is that you can do it at home or the gym.

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